'Touchdown Jesus' artist wants to build new giant Jesus statue

'Touchdown Jesus,' the 62-foot Jesus statue burned to the ground Monday, will be rebuilt. And the original artist would like to help.

'Touchdown Jesus,' the 6-story tall statue of Jesus was struck by lightning and destroyed Monday night. The original artist would like to bring it back.

An artist who designed an Ohio church's giant statue of Jesus that was destroyed by lightning this week says he's willing to help replace it.

Brad Coriell of Nashville, Tenn., says he has not been in contact with the Solid Rock Church but would be honored to be involved.

Co-pastor Darlene Bishop at the church along an interstate north of Cincinnati says Coriell could be among the artists who will submit designs and cost estimates for a new statue.

Church officials say it's likely to look different from the original six-story "King of Kings."

A lightning strike Monday sparked a fire that burned down the plastic foam and fiberglass statue that was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way the arms were raised.


Gigantic 62-foot Jesus statue struck by lightning, destroyed (VIDEO)

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